Halloween 2010

Here are a few pics from Halloween. What a crazy day it was, I didn’t even get a family photo of everyone in their costumes. Elias dropped my camera off the counter, it broke my lens and I think it damaged the shutter.  It just was not working right at all.  I’m waiting for my neighbors share some of their shots so I can post those with as well. Ruben and Grandpa Cliff had an amazing haunted house, Ruben scared all of the neighborhood kids and apparently we made a name for ourselves because people were coming back bringing friends cause it was so cool!

This was the first year I let Tommy and Lucas carve the pumpkin all by themselves and I think they did an amazing job!

Oh and a special thank you to the Nickerson’s for hosting the post party.  Amazing job!

Banana Bread

This recipe was given to me by a friend after she made it for my kids and they refused to eat any other banana bread.  It’s really yummy and not too sweet.

What Goes Into it?

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 very black, overripe crushed bananas (it will not be good if there is any yellow left anywhere on the banana)
  • 5 tbsp. buttermilk
  • 1 cup walnuts or almonds whichever you prefer
  • 2 cups sifted flour (sift first then measure)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1.5 tsp. vanilla

How Do I Make It?

Preheat Oven to 350.
Cream butter and sugar then add eggs, bananas and buttermilk and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix (don’t over mix). Pour into greased mini loaf pans and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 40-45 min, check with a toothpick. depending on the size of eggs and bananas it could take a bit more time to cook, I usually check every 5 min after the 45 min.

The first 3-4 times I made it the center was mushy, just keep at it if it happens to you adjusting for the way you cook. I eventually got it perfected.

mom - November 3, 2010 - 10:08 pm

My, we’re becoming quite the little chef.

OK, Don’t Laugh.

And Jessica that means you.

I have been looking for patterns for an apron, ya I said it. APRON!  I am tired of my clothes getting dirty when I cook cause I am a very in the moment cook and don’t really care about how messy things get. I happend on this little excerpt from a Singer sewing manual circa 1949:

“Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do…never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.
…When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on…(If) you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should…

Are YOU KIDDING ME?! What agency won that account?
Anyway still no pattern. But, I am going to make a GREAT apron.

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